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Paulowich's Chancellor Chess. A proposal to play chancellor chess with chancellors and queens in the corner on 8 by 8 board. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Joe Joyce wrote on Tue, Feb 7, 2023 07:01 PM UTC in reply to David Paulowich from Mon Feb 6 07:51 PM:Good ★★★★

Hi, David! Glad to see you back! This is a nice helpmate and looks like an interesting 'little' game to play - all that power in the corners and a weak center, on a small board! The central rook is a rare feature, or was, a decade or two ago. Who's used it besides Ralph, you, and me, any idea? I don't remember it in even any semi-popular game onsite aside from what you and Ralph have done.

Aurelian Florea wrote on Tue, Feb 7, 2023 10:31 AM UTC:

That sounds like an interesting little variation!

💡📝David Paulowich wrote on Mon, Feb 6, 2023 09:22 PM UTC:

We are ants crawling across the chessboard. The endgame K+R versus K+N has been known for a thousand years. I once used it to save a half point early in this century. While the Rook can trap the Knight in some positions, even masters are known to have difficulty finding a win while the clock is ticking. And then there is the following endgame study. A computer tested forced win that goes OVER FIVE HUNDRED MOVES without a piece being captured. Perhaps we should tone down any remarks on the limited scope of chess on 64 squares.


Black to play, White wins in 517 moves

Marc Bourzutschky and Yakov Konoval, May 2006

💡📝David Paulowich wrote on Mon, Feb 6, 2023 07:51 PM UTC:

Every day here is Ralph Betza appreciation day. This site would be much poorer without his years of advice and encouragement. Here is a whimsical little game he sent me back around 1998.


1.g3 d6 2.Cb3 Kd7 3.Nf3 Kc6 4.Ne5 double check and mate.

John Smith wrote on Fri, Jan 9, 2009 11:43 PM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
The first variant looks good. My problem with having just a Marshall and not a Cardinal is the assymmetry between the prime pieces. This variant has the Rook as a single piece, so already has an assymmetry. The second variant is poor, however, as the Queens can attack each other as soon as he Pawns are moved, and are undefended, so White has more of an advantage.

💡📝David Paulowich wrote on Sat, Aug 28, 2004 12:20 AM UTC:
Too many windows open on my computer! My previous comment was supposed to be sent to the Piececlopedia entry for Chancellor. <p>I am not aware of any computer programs implementing my King's Leap revision above. So I have written a Zillions file (kingleap.zrf) for King's Leap Chess and it is now being playtested. This uses my third and final version of the rules, allowing the Kings to leap either orthogonally or diagonally.

💡📝David Paulowich wrote on Sat, Aug 28, 2004 12:05 AM UTC:
The Encyclopedia Britannica (1911) says: 'The chancellor of an order of knighthood discharges notarial duties and keeps the seal.' Sounds good to me! <p>Looks like the dates for Carrera's Chess and The Duke of Rutland's Chess are switched above.

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